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5 Family fun recipes for kids

Cooking games for kids and fun healthy recipes to get them involved in the kitchen can often encourage children to try new dishes and bring everyone together for quality time.


Quick ideas for cooking games

Colour my dinner

Get your child to decide on a colour, then together dream up a meal using foods that are only green, or red or even white. Use a dash of food colouring to create gooey looking blue spaghetti, or try red colouring in pastry for a homemade pie.

Home picnic ideas

For small children, simply changing the scenery can be a lovely treat, especially if they need cheering up. Create teatime foods you can pack in a picnic basket, get the kids to lay out a big blanket (one that will catch any mess) and forget about polite eating at a table for once.

3 recipes to try

DIY diner with a delicious beef burger recipe

Homemade burgers are really easy to prepare (just stir up a packet of fresh mince so the fat is well distributed, get the kids to season and shape their own patties, then a grown-up can grill or lightly fry them). Package the meal with coloured paper and plastic cups for a funky takeaway effect.

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Pizza letters

Get the kids weighing and stirring: 300g strong bread flour, 1 tsp instant yeast, 1 tsp salt and 1 tbsp olive oil mixed with 200ml warm water. Knead the sticky dough then roll this out and spell their names with letter shapes. Let these sit under a clean tea towel for a few minutes while you prepare toppings – chopped tomatoes, grated cheese, cubed ham, etc. Bake at 220°C (gas mark 8) for 8-10 minutes.

Anything goes soup

Let your child choose what they fancy from the fridge – soup can be made from most things. (Even meats like skinned, boneless chicken or small cuts of lamb can be panfried before adding to the other ingredients). Popular choices include butternut squash soup and mushroom soup. Just chop everything, slow cook it with stock for 30-40 minutes, then blend it up and serve.

Savvy tip

Whatever you make, the secret is to keep the dishes flexible so kids can pick and choose ingredients they love whilst discovering new healthy recipes.

Pass it on – great cook books for kids

Different chefs suit different tastes, so before buying a recipe book, check a few out at your local library. Try:
• ‘Eat Up’ by Mark Hix, Fourth Estate.
• ‘My First Cookbook’ by Annabel Karmel, Ebury Press
• ‘A First Cook Book for Children’ by Evelyne Johnson, Dover.

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